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Monthly Archives: January 2015

F.A.C.T. or Fiction: Can Congress Create Transparency in Asbestos Trusts?

January 26, 2015

Thirty-six billion dollars. That’s the value of assets in all asbestos-related bankruptcy trusts, according to the United States Government Accountability Office (and that’s 2011 numbers!).[1] With so much money sitting idly by, as the old adage goes, the money is talking. When money talks, the United States Congress listens (that should be another adage). “Asbestos […]

Illinois Bans the Box

January 12, 2015

St. Louis area employers with employees in Illinois should be aware that, on January 1, 2015, Illinois joined the ranks of a dozen or so other states around the country that “ban the box.” The Box The “box” is that section of many standard employment application forms that asks applicants whether they previously have been […]

“Wait, I didn’t sign that contract…” How You May Find Yourself Bound to Someone Else’s Forum-Selection Clause

January 8, 2015

Although it might seem like a clear-cut argument—“my client cannot be bound to a contractual provision when it was not a party to the contract”—courts have routinely rejected it. In doing so, these courts have often ordered that a defendant is then bound to a forum selection clause found in a co-defendant’s agreement with the […]

Lessons from a Deposition: Insight into One Plaintiff’s Counsel’s Strategy for Establishing Broker Liability

January 8, 2015

As defense counsel in the trucking industry have seen in recent years, broker liability is a burgeoning area in which plaintiff’s attorneys are beginning to explore as a means to reach the elusive “deep pockets” of many of our broker clients. Much of the lure of broker liability began with the $23.8 million judgment against […]

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